Christopher Bergeron christopher at
Thu Oct 24 00:25:01 CEST 2002

Are you using CFdisks with WinXP?  WinXP has a nasty habit (WINDOWS?
NASTY HABIT??? NOOO!!!) of formatting CFdisks with Fat32 by default
whereas most cameras use Fat16 (from what I've heard).  As such, I've
heard quite a few horror stories of data loss "because of CFdisks"
when the actual problem was a faulty OS vendor.  I just can't seem to
remember the name of that vendor right now, oh well.


All other indications of CompactFlash are that it's a realiable medium
(unless you can document otherwise).  I will provide documentation to
the Fat32/Fat16/Xp issue upon request [or just search google].


Wednesday, October 23, 2002, 11:48:30 PM, you wrote:

RGM> On Wed, 23 Oct 2002, Dave Dworin wrote:

>> I doubt if CF is reliable to replace IDE disks. I own a CF digital camera
>> and have experienced data loss. It seems that data loss/file corruption is
>> quite common on CF. Any different experience?

RGM> I don't think your sample set is really exhaustive enough to say it is CF,
RGM> your camera type, your specific camera, etc.

RGM> But we have had very little trouble with CF here.

RGM> ron

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